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National Geographic 3D Theater

Science on the Big Screen

Experience science on the big screen in our dynamic National Geographic 3D Theater. Watch as stunning visuals from popular science films pop out and make a BIG impact. Learn about a variety of topics from new films each season. Our 3D theater is wheelchair accessible.

Assistive listening devices are available. Please ask the staff member in the auditorium for assistance or check in with the Visitor Services Desk upon your arrival.

Please note the 3D Theater is closed April 27 and May 4–5 for special events. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please check out a Planetarium show instead.

*Movie times are subject to change. Please call Visitor Services at 510-642-5132 for questions about show times.

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$4 per person after admission
20-minute film
10:30 a.m., 12:00 noon 1:30 & 3:00 p.m. daily

Filmed over the course of a year, Meerkats 3D follows an extraordinary—not to mention adorable—family that stands just 12 inches tall. Discover how these tiny but strong creatures survive in the harsh desert, led by the family's tenacious matriarch, Klinky. Together, this family of 20 will battle a rival gang to protect their territory, their pups, and their lives as they also contend with the desolate environment which is their home.

Tornado Alley

$4 per person after admission
40-minute film
11:00 a.m. & 12:30, 2:00 , 3:30 p.m. daily

Tornado Alley is a giant-screen adventure that takes viewers on an epic chase through the “severe weather capital of the world”. Narrated by Bill Paxton, the film follows Storm Chasers star Sean Casey and the scientists of VORTEX2, the largest tornado-research project ever assembled, on separate missions to encounter one of Earth’s most awe-inspiring events—the birth of a tornado.